Deacs Clip Boston College 61-59 Behind Hamby's 22 Points
Feb. 10, 2013
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Chelsea Douglas knocked down a jumper with 18 seconds to play and Mykala Walker blocked the potential game-winner at the buzzer as Wake Forest dropped Boston College 61-59 at Lawrence Joel Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
Despite holding a 10-point halftime lead, Wake Forest could not maintain that advantage in the second half, allowing the Eagles to sneak back into the game and even grab the lead at several different points.
With the game tied 59-59 with under a minute to play, Douglas pulled up from just inside the arc on the left side and drained a jumper to put the Deacs in front 61-59. Boston College attempted a final, last-ditch effort on a three-pointer at the buzzer, but Walker stepped up and blocked the shot just as it was taken to seal the win.
For the game, Wake Forest (24-of-57, 42.1 percent) outshot Boston College (22-of-59, 37.3 percent), largely thanks to the Eagles' cold first half effort. The Deacons also held a 36-28 advantage in points in the paint.
Katie Zenevitch led all scorers with 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting for the Eagles, but was also the only player on her team to reach double figures. Kerri Shields came close, though, notching nine points on a trio of three-pointers.
After an early three-pointer by Kristen Doherty put the Eagles up, Wake Forest rattled off a 9-0 run over a four-minute span to grab the first sizable lead of the matchup. Douglas keyed the run with five of the nine points, including a shot from outside the arc that put the Deacs on the board.
Clinging to a 16-15 lead following a comeback by Boston College midway through the half, the Demon Deacons put together a strong run, going 9-0 over five minutes once again with points coming from four different players. A pair of free throws from Lakevia Boykin gave Wake Forest a 25-15 lead with 3:37 left in the half.
Both sides exchanged baskets over the final three minutes, but the Deacs ultimately carried a double-digit advantage, 29-19, into the halftime break.
Boston College came out of the locker room on a mission, hitting seven of their first 10 shots, including three three-pointers, to cut the lead to just 39-38 for the Deacs. Zenevitch pushed the Eagles during the scoring spurt, knocking down one of the outside shots as well as a pair of layups to account for seven points over the first eight minutes of the half.
The Eagles grabbed their first lead of the game since being up 3-0 just over a minute into the contest on two free throws by Tessa Holt with 10:20 remaining that made it 42-41. Hamby wasted no time in putting the Deacs back in front though, laying in a fast-break drive on an assist by Boykin, reestablishing Wake's advantage at the 9:36 mark.
Just as the game looked as if it would stay within one possession, the Demon Deacons broke things open with 10-2 run that began with Hamby's layup. She and Williams combined to score all 10 of the points as the Deacons jumped out in front, 51-44, with 6:36 left on the clock.
Although the Eagles clawed back to within three, 53-50, with 4:30 remaining, Wake pushed back ahead thanks to two points apiece from Hamby, Williams and Sandra Garcia. They carried a 59-54 advantage with just over a minute to play.
Zenevitch refused to quit for Boston College. Five quick points from the big center knotted the game at 59-59 with 40 seconds to play. With Wake Forest needing a bucket, Douglas came up with the biggest basket of the day with 18 seconds on the clock, knocking down an open jumper from just inside the arc to make it 61-59. Tiffany Ruffin attempted a game-winning three-pointer for the Eagles at the buzzer, but Walker smacked the shot away just as she got it off, preserving the victory for the Deacs.
The Demon Deacons will return to action next Thursday, Feb. 14, as they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. to take on No. 16 North Carolina at 7:00 p.m. The Deacs played the Tar Heels close in Winston-Salem last season before dropping a 75-71 decision.